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Best known as the fire breathing, blood splitting and larger than life co-founder of hard rock supergroup, KISS. Simmons was actually born Chaim Witz in August 1949 in Haifa, Israel, the son of Hungarian Jewish parents, Flóra "Florence" (Klein or Kovács) and Feri Yechiel Witz. He moved to New York as a young child. Like many American teenagers of the 1960s, he was influenced by a fascination with comic book super heroes, monster movies and rock and roll music, thus the teenage Simmons set about creating what he perceived as the ultimate music supergroup. Simmons eventually crossed paths with like-minded musician / songwriter Paul Stanley (born Stanley Eisen) in the early 1970s, and after several failed attempts to create their dream band, they recruited fellow New Yorkers spaced out guitarist Ace Frehley (born Paul Daniel Frehley) and "do anything to make it" drummer Peter Criss (born Peter Crisscuola). The four struggling young musicians practiced relentlessly in a rundown loft in New York City refining their music & stage show before eventually launching themselves on the New York live music scene in the early 1970s with their blitzkrieg style of hard rock, kabuki stage make up and unforgettable high energy performances. After bombarding media, TV & public relations identities with invites to their shows, Simmons and Stanley soon brokered a deal with Madison Ave executive Bill Aucoin for him to manage the band, and Aucoin soon scored KISS a record deal with the fledgling Casablanca Records & Filmworks.....and the rest as they say is KISStory! Since their first album debuted in 1974, KISS have sold over 80 million albums and played over 2,000 shows to millions of loyal fans (known as the KISS Army) right around the globe. Never one to keep still for too long, the charismatic Simmons made his first feature film appearance as his alter ego (The Demon from KISS) in the 1978 telemovie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978), which received scathing reviews in the USA from TV critics. However KISS fans internationally loved the film and it played theatrically to strong box office business in dozens of countries, and has since become something of a cult film....despite its corny, cartoonish plot! Since KISS didn't drop wearing their distinctive make up until 1983, it was several years before Simmons appeared in front of the cameras again (this time without the Demon make up), as an evil techno-junkie killer battling Tom Selleck in the thriller Runaway (1984). Simmons has since continued to turn up in low-key roles in B-grade thrillers such as Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987) and Red Surf (1989) that utilize his ability to glower and look menacingly into the camera. In addition, Simmons has appeared in minor guest roles in several TV crime shows including Miami Vice (1984), Millennium (1996) and, most recently, in Third Watch (1999).  See full bio on IMDb »

KISS Continues Farewell Tour With Historic Show on Sunset Strip

Farewell Tour ... Historic Show on Sunset Strip!!!

KISS is on their final tour ever -- or so they say -- and they kept plugging along Monday by going back in time and playing a club they'd never played before ... the legendary Whisky A Go… READ MORE >

Ex-KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley Claims 'Sex Addict' Gene Simmons Groped His Wife

KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley
Goes Off on Gene Simmons ... 'You Groped My Wife'

Ace Frehley's firing back at Gene Simmons for telling him to kiss off -- and dropping nasty allegations about Gene getting handsy and threatening to sue his ex-bandmate. The founding KISS… READ MORE >

- 137 days ago
Gene Simmons Sued By A Woman Who Claims He Touched Her Vagina During Photo Op

Gene Simmons Sued
Woman Claims He Touched Her Vagina During Photo Op

Gene Simmons is getting sued by a woman who claims he inappropriately touched a woman's vagina during a photo op.  The woman -- who is suing under the name Jane Doe -- said she was working as… READ MORE >

- 192 days ago
Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Leaves Chunk of Estate to Best Friend

Pantera's Vinnie Paul
Leaves Chunk of Estate to BFF

OG Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul left his best friend a sizable portion of his estate ... this according to Vinnie's will. TMZ's obtained the doc which outlines exactly how his estate… READ MORE >

- 320 days ago
Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul to Be Buried in KISS Casket Just Like Brother Darrell

Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul
To Be Buried in Kiss Casket ... Just Like Brother Darrell

Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul is going to be laid to rest in his forever hardware, identical to that of his late bandmate and brother ... courtesy of none other than Gene Simmons and Paul… READ MORE >

- 353 days ago
Gene Simmons Explains Why Rock Stars Should Stop Abusing Drugs

Gene Simmons
Wake Up, Rock Stars ... Cut the Drugs Now

Gene Simmons wants rockers to say no to drugs ... not just because it's killing the musicians, but mostly because of its impact on fans. We got the KISS frontman Monday at LAX and asked him… READ MORE >

- 502 days ago
Gene Simmons Says f*** Yeah, KISS Would Play North Korea!!!

Gene Simmons
F*** Yeah We'd Play North Korea

Gene Simmons would love -- LOVE -- to play North Korea, and Russia too, for that matter. We got the KISS frontman Tuesday at LAX and he groused about music boycotts ... in particular, bands that… READ MORE >

- 522 days ago
Gene Simmons' Son Nick Defends His Dad After Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Gene Simmons' Son
My Dad Can Be An Asshole ... But He's No Weinstein

Gene Simmons' oldest son is coming to his dad's defense -- sort of -- calling him a cheater, egomaniac and sometimes abrasive ... but saying he's absolutely not a sexual abuser. Nick Simmons was… READ MORE >

- 542 days ago
Gene Simmons Sued For Sexual Assault (UPDATE)

Gene Simmons
Sued for Sexual Assault ... Woman Claims He Grabbed Her Ass

12/16 7:30 PM PT -- Simmons has responded to the allegations, saying he intends to defend himself. He adds ... "For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner… READ MORE >

- 548 days ago
Gene Simmons Says George Lopez Still in with KISS After Drunken Antics

Gene Simmons
George Lopez Had a Drunken Good Time ... KISS Still Loves Him!!!

Gene Simmons is giving his pal, George Lopez, a pass for his drunken antics at a KISS event, and says there's still room for him the next time the band parties at sea. We got the rock… READ MORE >

- 578 days ago
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